Q&A Scene: As A Rival

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
As A Rival - By Design - Cover_72We are about to release our debut album titled ‘By Design’. It was recorded by Tom Read (Bodyjar) and mixed by Grammy Winning Producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters). A 12 song rock / punk infused riff opus that deals with self worth, getting older and not losing hope. Bass and drum duties were performed by Grant and Wakka from Bodyjar. It was recorded over a 6 month period last year at El Rancho, a little studio in Rye, Victoria. We begin a 12 show album tour across Australia mid Feb in support of the new album, branching from Brisbane all the way through to Adelaide.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Definitely Sizzler. A variety of delicious treats all together under the one roof.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?
A new track, Fire! Fire! Fire!, is a fast paced anthemic beast that defies what everyone is telling you. Don’t give up. Ignite the fire inside. We are ending our shows with this one at present and it’s a nice note to end on.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.
We played a show in Adelaide at the Crown & Anchor where the backstage is actually outside in an alleyway. Our drummer went to “warm up” out there before the show and got stuck as the band before us started playing. He couldn’t get back in. So here he was outside in the middle of winter in shorts and a singlet doing push-ups and other exercises to keep himself warm. By the time we hit the stage to play he was cold and exhausted from trying to keep himself warm.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Music wise it’s from songs that I wanna hear. I really dig music that steers away from the normal straight 4/4 beat and delivery, yet doesn’t lose it’s appeal to audience. It’s not until you actually try and play it that you realise it’s complexity. Lyrically, it’s mostly my own thoughts and experiences. There are a lot of pop culture references that relate back to these everyday life occurrences.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Everlong by the Foo Fighters

What’s next for you?
We hit the road mid Feb for the By Design Tour kicking it off in Bendigo. In between all that we will be working on our next music video to release sometime in May.

What’s your scene?
Music, Movies, Pop-Culture, Video Games, Art, Travel

About As A Rival

Melbourne three piece laid down a challenge to themselves by cheekily calling themselves As A Rival. “I just want it to be different, as a rival to everything that’s out there…” was their mantra, and they will be laying down the gauntlet by releasing their debut album entitled By Design in February 2016 as a war cry of sorts, as well as a tongue in cheek declaration to other bands. Primarily their band moniker is a constant reminder to themselves. – to always work hard, and play harder and continually raise the bar.

As A Rival are a rock band, who produce an onslaught of surging riffs and anthemic melodies, fused from the fire of their live performance that demands attention, leaving nothing to the imagination. Influenced by an array of genres, anchored by rock and punk to define their sound.

In 2015, As A Rival returned to the studio to record their debut album, By Design. Recorded and co-produced by Tom Read (Bodyjar) and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Adam songwriting, surpassing the promise and expectations built from previous releases. By Design boasts a myriad of guests including Grant Relf & Shane Wakker (Bodyjar), Rich Hall (Laser Brains) and Charlie Zulu (Darn Matter).

From Pete Cerni’s opening growl, ‘Can’t stand and watch you throw it all away’, the tone is set for the coming assault. With the driving beat of Time Flies A Fear, the intensity of Fire!Fire!Fire!, the groove of Arrow to the Knee, and punch of Obsolete, this twelve song opus is packed with energy and drive.

As the album took form, Cerni, songwriter and sole constant of the pro- ject, realised he needed musicians who would help deliver his vision. Showing Read early demos for feedback and guidance, his offer to re- cord the album was immediate. Relf and Wakker jumped at the oppor- tunity to supply the bass and drums respectively, and the trio formed the bases going into the studio.

Adam Kasper has produced some of the most influential albums of the past twenty years. Kasper was blown away with the standard of the tracks presented, and was excited to get to work. His touch and experience took the album to another level and is invoked in his own statement, ‘damn, love this record’.

With the album completed, Cerni enlisted the services of Kylie Groth (We Disappear) on bass and Nathan Wheatley (The DieCasts) on drums to complete the live line up. Known by Cerni from the local scene, upon hearing the vacancy, Groth approached Cerni to fill the bass duties.

Her punchy bass delivery and strong backups are a welcome addition. Wheatley, who had been playing in rock & metal bands, was known to Groth and she managed to lure him into the fold. His energy and technique is a perfect fit for As A Rival’s live performance, and this new formula has injected a new fire into the band.

Beginning from an accumulation of bedroom demos, the premise for As A Rival was to challenge themselves musically and become a rival to what was on offer. The year 2011 saw the release of the Reminder Designer EP, which was followed by the acclaimed Concerning Trends EP in 2013. Playing live is where the band feels most at home, touring along the east coast of Australia, both metro and regional since their inception, stamping a claim as one of Australia’s most entertaining live bands.

As A Rival are super excited to release their debut album By Designin February 2016. It contains twelve fastpaced tracks which are urgent, hard-hitting, instant and furious, and the band will be playing songs off the release when they hit the road for a national tour through February through to April. Keep an eye on your gig guides.

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